… And Swapo constitutional obligations
By Nkrumah Mushelenga
WHAT is the value of wisdom? It is simply understanding, knowledge, insight and intelligence on the Swapo Party’s legacy.
Meanwhile, unity refers to agreement, harmony or unanimity.
On the other hand, progress means development, growth, advancement or growth. Wisdom means to be blessed by nature.
All in all, elders are God-blessed men and women of integrity, whose priority dream is how best they can provide shelter, food security, sanitation, environmental security, education, health and political and cultural security to their God-given communities.
It is a fact that the youth are the heirs of the elders’ wisdom (wanamutanda kunangobe and wanampagona kunaIlya).
Informed by the following five pillars of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Effective Governance, Economic Advancement, Social Progression, Infrastructure Development and International Relations and Cooperation, read with Article 95(a) of the Namibian Constitution, and Article (II) of the SWAPO Party Elders’ Council Constitution, defines the elders’ council as the “transmission belt of the Swapo Party policy, ideology and programs”.
Remember, that history is the best judge, whose verdict cannot be ignored.
I believe that the founders of Swapo Party Elders’ Council were, by then, party pioneers and the youth of yesterday.
The pioneers of today are the youth of tomorrow and the youth of today are the elders of tomorrow. Meanwhile, the elders of today are the sacred founding fathers and mothers of the liberation struggle. They are the encyclopaedia of the party’s political, diplomatic and armed liberation legacy.
The political, diplomatic and armed liberation struggle aims and objective were to unite all Namibian people, irrespective of colour, tribe, region or social economic status, against the then illegal colonial occupation, economic exploitation and the diabolic colonial/apartheid oppression system.
Hence, Article II of the Swapo Party Constitution defines the party as, “a mass based political party, born and steeled in the crucible of a popular and heroic struggle for national political independence. It is founded on the principles of democracy, solidarity, freedom, social justice and progress”.
It remains a fact that the fallen and the living veterans of the liberation struggle are blessed by Tatekulu Andimba Toivo ya Toivo’s famous statement, “The struggle for independence will be long and bitter, but I also know that my people will wage that struggle, whatever the cost”, until final victory is achieved.
In this regard, 21 March 1990 is the cardinal point to this statement.
There is a proverb that says, lyo ngungu wuu ngungumane and lyo dhidhi wu dhidhilike (be calm, patient, analytical and observant).
It is during this phase, that because of gluttony, we are witnessing political jargon, such as “two centres of powers” and “Team Swapo”; this may be perceived as an act contravening Article III (B) 1 to 10, to be read with Article IV (C)(2)(g) and (h).
The new perception of “Swapo abandoning the poor” does not hold water. We are sorry; the Swapo Party remains the vanguard of the poor. On the contrary, we see some highly respected Swapo Party national leaders abandoning the comrades with whom they stood firm, during the time when others waivered.
Those are the ones working towards abandoning the Swapo Party aims and objectives, and thus promoting the retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, nepotism, racism, sexism, chauvinism, regionalism and personality cults, while Article III (B) 1 to 10 of the party constitution warns about combating these.
Democracy is not anarchic; it is a system of government with four main elements: A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; the active participation of citizens in politics and civic life; the protection of human rights of all citizens; and a rule of law, in which the law and procedures apply to all citizens.
The emphasis in the Swapo Party Rules and Procedures for the Election of Party Office-Bearers and Party Representatives at Legislative and Government Levels, specifically rule 8, is explicitly clear: In order to preserve the cardinal principles of Swapo Party unity, a candidate who qualifies to be on the Swapo Party ticket for candidature of the president of the republic should come from the most senior Swapo Party members, e.g. the president, the vice-president, the secretary-general and the deputy secretary-general, in order of seniority.
The issue is that the rules and procedures do not advocate for two centres of power. It is rather emphasising the importance of inner-party unity, as opposed to individual ambition.
The Swapo Party Election Manifesto is designed to, among others, serves as a national vision for the next year; it is a social contract between the party and the Namibian people. It is informed by the party experiences and successes; is guided by the proud history of the Swapo Party; it is inclusive of Article III sub-articles (b)9 and 10 of Swapo Party Constitution, read with article 95 sub-article (a) of the Namibian Constitution.
It was for that reason that Comrade Dr Hage Geingob, when he became the third president of the republic, introduced the concept of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of social economic party manifesto programmes, while declaring war on corruption, poverty and tribalism.
Dear comrades, Article IX, sub-article (a) 1 and 2 is about the duties and functions of the president, as the leader and the chief executive officer of the party and the chairperson of the central committee, the politburo and the congress. Which centre of power is going to be held accountable?
The truth never hides
Phase two of the war for economic liberation will be longer and more bitter than that of political independence. It is a genuine battle for accountability, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency, responsiveness and participation. It is a battle against inhumane treatment, and includes the eradication of hunger and generational poverty, thus improving the quality of life of all Namibians.
Comrade Dr Shafishuna Sam Nujoma, the Founding Father of the Namibian nation, and Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba, the former president, you are the two north and south poles to which the inner-party democratic centralism, political equilibrium depend. You hold the party binoculars for its social economic destiny. Remember, blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
We need your wisdom to liberate our minds from the currently induced idea of a Swapo Party with two centres of power.
With your blessing, we are confident that wisdom of unity of purpose will prevail during the November congress.
“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.”
May God bless Namibia, the Land of the Brave!
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